The Truth in Fiction is a collection of eighteen short stories set in the towns and cities of Europe, and as far afield as the mountains of New Zealand.  Through love and sorrow, intrigue and humour, the characters of each story (four or whom are seen in the compilation image of the front cover) learn how it is that the harsher lessons of life are often those most valuable.


Padraig O'Rahilly has just walkeed the Camino de Santiago, but why?  What burden has he shouldered over the last 500 miles that he now feels ready to lay down?


High about the Rio Douro, in Porto, the guardian of the Dom Luis Bridge watches her next challenge approach and wonders.


In Geneva airport a young UNHCR lawyer is approached by a timid Iranian refugee, who asks the lawyer to record in a journal the strange tale of how he has come to be abandoned to the city.


And, two women meet at a wake in London only to discover they both knew the recently departed rather better than many of their fellow mourners.


In the Appendix Peter Crawley provides a glimpse of how much truth exists in fiction.


Published in 2016


ISBN 9781784625368 (pb)

ISBN 9781785894107 (eBook)


Ric can hear two men arguing. One of the men begins to scream and plead, “No, per favore, no, Ci–.” followed by a muffled choking and the scuffling of feet. And then, silence: both profound and chilling, and pressed beneath the enormous weight of the fog.

Arriving on the unspoiled island of Lipari, off the coast of Sicily, Ric Ross carries with him a letter of introduction to Valeria Vaccariello, an aging star of Italian cinema who lives alone in the La Casa dei Sconosciuti, the House of Strangers; a woman known locally as La Strega – the witch.

Ric is also befriended by Il Velaccino – the sailmaker, who seems to know everyone and everything that goes on in the island. But when a politician is shot dead, Ric’s search for his family’s history soon grows into a quest to prove his innocence.

Told through the eyes of a young man who comes to Lipari in search of his forebears, Ontreto is the standalone follow-up to Peter Crawley’s first novel, Mazzeri.

Peter's third novel is published by Troubador Publishing, under the Matador imprint, as a paperback and Ebook.

Set on the beautiful island of Lipari, off the north coast of Sicily, Ontreto is a contemporary crime thriller, told through the eyes of a young man who comes to the island in search of his forebears. It is the stand-alone sequel to Peter's first novel Mazzeri.

Arriving on the unspoiled island of Lipari, Ric Ross carries with him a letter of introduction to Valeria Vaccariello, an aging star of Italian cinema, who lives alone in the House of strangers; a woman known locally as La Strega – the witch. Valeria introduces Ric to Il Velacchino – the sailmaker, who seems to know everyone and everything that goes on in the island. But when a politician is shot dead, Ric's search for his family's history soon grows into a quest to prove his innocence...

Click on this link for an early review of Ontreto:

'Peter's knowledge of this area of the Mediterranean with its customs and culture is very studious and veracious. In Ontreto Peter takes us to the small holiday island North of Sicily for an adventure steeped in history. The main character, Ric, finds himself fighting for his very life right up to the very end of a gripping story full of twists and turns along the way...' Verified Amazon Purchaser

'If you haven't yet visited Lipari, this book will make you want to go. The descriptions are so accurate and the characters believable. Even without the benefit of having read "Mazzeri" it all made sense. A thoroughly "good read" which captures the essence of the place – surely the mark of an author worth following.' Verified Amazon Purchaser

'If you have even the slightest calling of the Mediterranean in your soul, you'll love the intrigue of this book, a welcome sequel to Mazzeri. Amazon review

'Like Mazzeri, it is written beautifully. Completely involving, perhaps faster moving but no less feeling of knowing and being a place I wish I could go to.' Amazon

'Another Peter Crawley hit! This sequel to Mazzeri holds your attention from the first page to the last. Peter's beautiful writing together with action and description is spellbinding...' Amazon verified Purchaser

Published by Matador 2015

ISBN 978 1784622213 (pb)

ISBN 9781784629798 (eBook)


Five strangers come to spend the weekend in a guest house on the Norfolk coast. The Reach offers sanctuary for guests Hacker, Phoebe, Audrey, Philip and the landlady, Stella – all of them drawn together by the secrets of their past.

As the strands of their individual stories are woven together, each guest will confront the painful truths of their personal lives and, as the hours tick away, confess their sins. In a story which encompasses Blackmail, rejection, infidelity, redemption and love, the characters of Boarding House Reach know they can run, but will they ever escape the stark reality of their tangled lives?


Published by Matador 2014

ISBN 9781783063390 (pb)

ISBN 9781783065646 (eBook)


It is the last summer of the 20th century in Calvi, Northern Corsica, and an old man sits watching the kites fly.  The festival of the wind is a lively and colourful celebration, but the old man's heart is heavy, he has heard the Mazzeri whisper his name.  He accepts that people prefer to believe the dream hunters belong to the past and yet he knows only too well that at night they still roam the maquis in search of the faces of those whose time has come.


Ten years later in the high citadel of Bonifacio, in the southern tip of the island, Richard Ross, armed with only the faded photograph of a Legionnaire standing beneath a stone gateway, finds the locals curiously unwilling to help him uncover his family's roots.  He rents a villa on the coast and meets the singularly beautiful Manou Pietri, who enchants him with tales of the megalithic isle, its folklore and the Mazzeri - the dream hunters.


For a while Ric's life beneath the Corsican sun is as close to perfect as he could wish.  Then a chance encounter with a feral boy turns Ric's life upside down, and he is drawn deep into a tangled web of lies and deceit.  On an isalnd where truth and legend meet, where murder is commonplace and most crimes go unsolved, only the Mazzeri know who will live.....


Published in June 2013


ISBN 9781780885384 (pb)

ISBN 9781780885814 (eBook)